Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dracula's Daughter to screen @ OutCentral Cultural Center as part of Queer-Colored Glasses: The Queer Experience Through Cinema

The 1936 Universal Studios classic Dracula's Daughter will screen at OutCentral Cultural Center October 24th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.. The film serves as a kick-off for OutCentral's 12 month film series Queer-Colored Glasses: The Queer Experience Through Cinema, a collaboration with the Nashville Film Festival. The cost is $5 for members $8 for non-members. No one turned away for lack of funds.

It’s a common fact – the more forbidden something is made out to be, the more irresistible it will become. Vampires have always been a great example of this. The idea of having to kill and feed on human flesh is something most people get weak stomachs at. And yet, vampires have always been regarded as sexy, uninhibited, and the epitome of desire. How one such type of character can represent so many different facets of the human experience can make for some fascinating study. Take Dracula’s Daughter; the 1936 film from Universal Pictures that pits its’ young female victims against another woman, or rather, a vampire. The Countess has learned of the demise of her father Count Dracula and is seeking to rid herself of her ‘affliction’. Despite her best efforts, she still finds herself alone with a gorgeous young woman, enticing her to de-robe to have a portrait painted. And if you think modern day audiences were the one to notice the lesbian overtones think again. Some critics of the day recognized what was going on between the lines and commented, like the New York World-Telegram which noted the Countess's tendency to wander around "giving the eye to sweet young girls". However others like the New York Times were oblivious, going so far as to advise readers to "Be sure to bring the kiddies."

The special guest for Dracula's Daughter will be Steven Davidson, a licensed clinical social worker and a certified sex therapist in private practice in Nashville. Davidson has over 25 years of experience in the field of behavioral health and he is a frequent speaker at professional and civic organizations on the subject of human sexuality. Following the film Steven will lead a discussion about covert themes and messages within the movie which paralleled attitudes toward sexual minorities at that time in history and are still present in some segments of our society today.



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